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Wonderful Houses Around the World

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Wonderful Houses Around the World
pages 38-41

Houses Shaped Like Acorns

pages 38-39
The Chipaya people live on a plateau in the Andes at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level. If you listen carefully, you can hear the faint sound of a stream. White crystallized salt rises to float on the surface of the damp earth near the stream.

There is a grass that grows in this earth where there is so much salt. Sheep and llamas eat this grass. The Chipaya people cut blocks out of this root-bound earth and stack them to build their acorn-shaped houses.

pages 40-41
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